Braga Rite TLM – Our Savior – NY, NY

This morning I spoke at a conference on Devotion To the Sacred Heart. As part of the conference we have a Mass in the Braga Rite.

Our Savior is a beautiful church.


There have been excellent speakers at this conference. Both Fr Rutler, pastor here at Our Savior, and Fr Baker, editor of HPR have spoken this afternoon.

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  1. Are you pluri-ritual?


  2. Lubeltri says:

    A priest of the diocese of Providence, RI, celebrated the Bragan-rite Mass (I was at his parish, Holy Name, for a Bragan-rite Palm Sunday Mass back in April).

    I believe Fr. Z celebrated a Roman-rite Mass (1962).

    Father, I was desperate to attend this conference, but I only learned about it earlier this week. At the time I was hiking in the Adirondack mountains of New York, only returning to Boston late last night—I would have stopped in NYC on my way back if I had brought anything even remotely appropriate to wear!

  3. Matthew says:

    What a lovely Church, and how fortunate such a great example of liturgical tradition should manifest there.

    Ad multos annos, Fr Rutler!

  4. Jon says:

    Yes. Rutler and his Church are wonderful! I highly recommend people pick up a copy of his book on the Cure d\’Ars!!

  5. John Polhamus says:

    I first met Fr. Joe Santos in London at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane during the early-mid ’90’s, where I was one of the schola leaders. He’s an excellent priest, utterly devoted to the rite of Braga, for which he suffered MUCH persecution in Portugal for maintaining his desire to say it. Although an American, his family roots are, I believe, in Portugal. After he had been in London he went back to Portugal, and then back to the United States where he has remained. I’m thrilled to see that he is getting support and opportunity in the light of the era of Summorum. God bless, and greetings to Fr. Santos, and many prayers for him during the Year of Priests!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Please forgive my ignorance…
    But could someone tell me a little bit about the Bragan-rite?
    How old is the liturgy, where does it originate….?
    THANKS !

  7. Michael R. says:

    What are the rules for celebrating in one of the local uses of the Latin Church outside the territory in which the rite is usually celebrated?

  8. Jon says:


    Twenty years ago I worked in Manhattan a few blocks away from Our Saviour. It was my “daily noon Mass” church, and just as beautiful then.

    Father Rutler’s made it even more so. Two years ago my wife and I were in town on a Sunday with our two sons, and decided to go to Our Saviour for the 11am. Father Rutler couldn’t have been more personably gracious, and his Novus Ordo was bar none the very best to which I have ever been.

  9. Lori Ehrman says:

    The more I learn about the Church and her many rites the more I realize I know very little. I have never heard of the Braga Rite. I second the request for details although I am going to google it right now.

  10. Dennis says:

    Well after some serious googling I found the right rite.

    Braga Rite in English

    Comment by Lori Ehrman — 20 June 2009 @ 4:16 pm

    I tried the link for the rite in english and it does not work

  11. Fr. Jim says:

    Any chance you will post on the unique aspects of the Bragan rite?

  12. JBS says:

    I think the Bragan Rite (of Portugal) has origins in the old Gallican Rite. It is certainly a Latin-Rite Mass, but is rarely celebrated anywhere, apart from certain locations in Portugal. It met Trent’s “200 year rule”, but had largely been replaced by then by the Roman Missal, etc. during the Reconquista. I think.

  13. DebbieInCT says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you today Fr., and to hear your talk. I intend to take your thoughts with me to daily Mass during this Year For Priests. You are in my prayers. I hope you have a safe journey home and get some rest after this very busy week you have had!

  14. William Tighe says:

    It’s clearly a medieval variant of the Roman Rite, nit a survival of something Western, Latin and non-Roman, like the Mozarabic Rite or the Ambrosian Rite.

  15. ssoldie says:

    Hey! lets replace the N.O. with the ‘Braga Rite’, I’m for it.

  16. Gregorius says:

    I hope to see more pictures of this, are there more coming? Also is there a video?

    Did Bishop Rifan use the Pontifical Roman Canon? Was there an official Archpriest from the Diocese sent? Any Pontifical Indulgence read for the Feast?

    Speaking of the Z-axiom \”Brick by Brick\”, I must ask and I am only asking the simple question to all the shepherds of the day:

    \”How can one make brick without straw?\”

    We read from the Book of Exodus, Chapter 5:

    1 After these things, Moses and Aaron went in, and said to Pharao: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel: Let my people go, that they may sacrifice to me in the desert. 2 But he answered: Who is the Lord, that I should hear his voice, and let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go. 3 And they said: The God of the Hebrews hath called us, to go three days\’ journey into the wilderness, and to sacrifice to the Lord our God; lest a pestilence or the sword fall upon us. 4 The king of Egypt said to them: Why do you Moses and Aaron draw off the people from their works? Get you gone to your burdens.

    5 And Pharao said: The people of the land are numerous; you see that the multitude is increased; how much more if you give them rest from their works? 6 Therefore he commanded the same day the overseers of the works, and the task-masters of the people, saying: 7 You shall give straw no more to the people to make brick, as before; but let them go and gather straw. 8 And you shall lay upon them the task of bricks, which they did before; neither shall you diminish any thing thereof, for they are idle, and therefore they cry, saying: Let us go and sacrifice to our God. 9 Let them be oppressed with works, and let them fulfil them; that they may not regard lying words. 10 And the overseers of the works, and the taskmasters, went out and said to the people: Thus saith Pharao: I allow you no straw; 11 Go, and gather it where you can find it; neither shall any thing of your work be diminished. 12 And the people was scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather straw. 13 And the overseers of the works pressed them, saying: Fulfil your work every day, as before ye were wont to do, when straw was given you. 14 And they that were over the works of the children of Israel, were scourged by Pharao\’s taskmasters, saying: Why have you not made up the task of bricks, both yesterday and to day, as before? 15 And the officers of the children of Israel came, and cried out to Pharao, saying: Why dealest thou so with thy servants? 16 Straw is not given us, and bricks are required of us as before; behold we, thy servants, are beaten with whips, and thy people is unjustly dealt withal. 17 And he said: You are idle, and therefore you say: Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord. 18 Go therefore and work: straw shall not be given you, and you shall deliver the accustomed number of bricks. 19 And the officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in evil case, because it was said to them: There shall not a whit be diminished of the bricks for every day. 20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood over against them as they came out from Pharao: 21 And they said to them: The Lord see and judge, because you have, made our savour to stink before Pharao and his servants, and you have given him a sword, to kill us. 22 And Moses returned to the Lord, and said: Lord, why hast thou afflicted this people? wherefore hast thou sent me? 23 For since the time that I went in to Pharao to speak in thy name, he hath afflicted thy people: and thou hast not delivered them.

  17. Samson says:


    Brick by brick – Isn´t that something you should give St. Francis of Assisi credit for? ;)

  18. Sarah says:

    Greetings from Scotland.
    Fr Rutler is my absolute HERO!

  19. Lirioroja says:

    Unfortunately I had to miss this Mass and the afternoon part of the Sacred Heart Conference due to some schedule bungling on my part. I did attend the first half and I’m glad I did. I enjoyed your talk and I will continue to meditate on it. I wish I could’ve met you; however I’m glad you came.

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